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About meI am a book fanatic living in South Florida. I love travel, photography, reading, and living in joy. I have a spiritual counseling practice and also for many years facilitated Artist's Way and Vein of Gold classes (based on Julia Cameron's books).
One of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston, spent her last years in Fort Pierce, the town I have called home since 2005. Her unmarked grave was located by Alice Walker who honored this spectacular writer as she so deserved.

About my libraryI love memoirs, beautifully written fiction, books about ordinary people living life in an extraordinary way and books that open my heart.

These days I read about 4 books a month, way fewer than when I was unhealthily addicted to reading! Each year I include a list of my 25 favorite books in with my Christmas cards. At the end of the year, I delete any
books read that year that are not in my top 25 list, so other than the most
recent books listed (and a few Early Reviewer Books that I indicate are not top 25 books), all in my LT library are favorites.

My ratings are as follows:
5 - one of the best books I've ever read
4 1/2 - an outstanding, memorable book
4 - a great book

This is my top 25 list for 2019 in order of favorites
(books read between 12/18 and 11/19)
Becoming - Michelle Obama
A Place For Us - Fatima Mirza
The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai
Secrets Between Us - Thrity Umrigar
Barking To The Choir - Gregory Boyle
Walks Away Woman - Ki Longfellow
Feast Your Eyes - Myla Goldberg
Red At The Bone - Jacqueline Woodson
Island Of Sea Women - Lisa See
Aristotle and Dante Discover.... - Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Overstory - Richard Powers
Glory Over Everything - Kathleen Grissom
The Tender Land: A Family Love Story - Kathleen Finneran
Walk Through Walls - Marina Abramovic
The Bright Hour: A Memoir - Nina Riggs
Hamilton: The Revolution - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Storyteller's Secret - Sejal Badani
The Bold World: A Memoir - Jodie Patterson
Everything Here Is Beautiful - Mira T. Lee
Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell - Robert Dugoni
Heavy: Am American Memoir - Kiese Laymon
I Am, I Am, I Am - Maggie O'Farrell
Lab Girl - Hope Jahren
All The Things We Never Knew - Sheila Hamilton
Wolf At Twilight: An Indian Elder's Journey

Top 25 list for 2018
(books read between 12/17 and 11/18):
Where The Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
Find Me Unafraid - Kennedy Odede
Tattoos On The Heart - Gregory Boyle
We Were The Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter
Educated - Tara Westover
The Tea Girl Of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See
Go Went Gone - Jenny Erpenbeck
Between The World And Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Marriage of Opposites - Alice Hoffman
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
Running For My Life - Lopez Lomong
Born A Crime -Trevor Noah
Raising Ryland - Hillary Whittington
Beneath A Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie
Stranger In The Woods - Michael Finkel
Every Note Played - Lisa Genova
An American Marriage - Tayari Jones
The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah
Radium Girls - Kate Moore
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Eventide - Kent Haruf
Lucky Boy - Shanthi Sekaran
Where The Wind Leads - Dr. Vinh Chung

Top 25 list for 2017
(books read between 12/16 and 11/17):
Agaat (also called The Way of the Women)-
Marlene Van Niekerk
Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
Christadora - Tim Murphy
The Enchanted - Rene Denfeld
This Is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
Miss Jane - Brad Watson
A Long Way Home - Saroo Brierley
Becoming Nicole - Amy Ellis Nutt
A Gentleman In Moscow - Amor Towles
Pastel Orphans - Gemma Liviero
Through Black Spruce - Joseph Boyden
City Of Refuge - Tom Piazza
Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving
Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult
Another Brooklyn - Jacqueline Woodson
Secret River - Kate Grenville
Night Watch - Sarah Waters
Not My Father's Son - Alan Cumming
One-In-A-Million Boy - Monica Wood
Behold The Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue
Warrior Pose - Brad Willis
Three Souls - Janie Chang
Tipping The Velvet - Sarah Waters
We Are Called To Rise - Laura McBride
Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates

Favorite Films, Documentaries, and Television 2019
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Hate You Give
The Cakemaker
Tell Me Who I Am
Outside In
Tales Of The City
Can You Ever Forgive Me
Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
It's Not Yet Dark
Merata: How Mum Decolonised The Screen
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
Free Solo
Green Book
Trevor Noah: Son Of Patricia
Women's Balcony
Kindergarten Teacher
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Everybody Knows (2018)

Favorites so far this year
The Dutch House
Heart Berries
Nickel Boys
Gods of Tango
The Sun Does Shine
Museum of Modern Love
My Life On The Road
Olive Again
Golden Boy
The Choice
Girl At War
Imagine Me Gone


Favorite authorsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Isabel Allende, Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Julia Cameron, Kiana Davenport, Natalie Goldberg, Andrew Harvey, Ursula Hegi, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Lamott, Colum McCann, Rohinton Mistry, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Ann Patchett, Lisa See, Ntozake Shange, Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama, Marianne Williamson (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresVero Beach Book Center

Real nameNancy

LocationFort Pierce, FL

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Member sinceSep 20, 2008

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